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Jan 30, 2013

Nepal PM calls May election to defuse mounting crisis

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai promised on Wednesday to hold delayed elections in May, raising hopes for an end to a political stalemate that has crippled the Himalayan republic still emerging from a decade-long civil war.

A former rebel leader, Bhattarai announced the polls to a rally of 10,000 cheering, flag-waving supporters in the heart of the Nepali capital. It was a show of strength after weeks of violent street protests by opposition parties demanding the prime minister’s resignation.

Jan 23, 2013

Nepal clashes erupt in new threat to peace process

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Opponents of Nepal’s Maoist prime minister hurled stones at rivals and erected barricades in a provincial town on Wednesday, police and media said, raising tensions that threaten a peace process in a country still recovering from a decade of civil war.

At least two dozen people were injured in Dailekh, 300 km (185 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu, where activists from seven opposition parties, calling for Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to resign, massed outside the venue of a Maoist conference. Police fired tear gas to try to disperse the crowds.

Jan 18, 2013

48 hours in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, is an ancient town dotted with Hindu and Buddhist temples, a riot of colour and dust with clogged streets where stray cows and dogs vie for rotting leftovers beside swanky malls.

The city is ringed by rolling hills and has many satellite towns, such as Patan and Bhaktapur, which are popular with tourists. The area has seven old monuments that are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites, all within less than two hours’ drive.

Jan 18, 2013

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, is an ancient town dotted with Hindu and Buddhist temples, a riot of color and dust with clogged streets where stray cows and dogs vie for rotting leftovers beside swanky malls.

The city is ringed by rolling hills and has many satellite towns, such as Patan and Bhaktapur, which are popular with tourists. The area has seven old monuments that are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites, all within less than two hours’ drive.

Jan 18, 2013

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Nepal’s capital

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu is an ancient town dotted with Hindu and Buddhist temples, a riot of colour and dust with clogged streets where stray cows and dogs vie for rotting leftovers beside swanky malls.

Ringed by rolling hills, the city has many satellite towns, of which Patan and Bhaktapur are popular with tourists. The area has seven old monuments that are listed by the UNESCO as World Heritage sites, all within less than two hours’ drive.

Jan 18, 2013

Jan 18/Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Nepal’s capital

KATHMANDU, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu
is an ancient town dotted with Hindu and Buddhist temples, a
riot of colour and dust with clogged streets where stray cows
and dogs vie for rotting leftovers beside swanky malls.

Ringed by rolling hills, the city has many satellite towns,
of which Patan and Bhaktapur are popular with tourists. The area
has seven old monuments that are listed by the UNESCO as World
Heritage sites, all within less than two hours’ drive.

Jan 16, 2013

Nepal to allow private firms to import fuel, oil products

KATHMANDU, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Nepal’s government is
considering allowing private companies to import crude oil
products which would resolve chronic fuel shortages and end the
state’s monopoly on a trade worth about $1 billion a year, a
trade ministry official said on Wednesday.

Nepal buys all its fuel from abroad and state-run Nepal Oil
Corporation (NOC) is currently the sole importer of the 21,000
barrels per day of crude oil products the country needs.

Nov 26, 2012

From trash to treasure: Everest litter becomes art

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Fifteen Nepali artists were closeted for a month with a heap of 1.5 metric tons (1.7 tons) of trash picked up from Mount Everest. When they emerged, they had transformed the litter into art.

The 75 sculptures, including one of a yak and another of wind chimes, were made from empty oxygen bottles, gas canisters, food cans, torn tents, ropes, crampons, boots, plates, twisted aluminum ladders and torn plastic bags dumped by climbers over decades on the slopes of the world’s highest mountain.

Nov 23, 2012

Nepal president sets deadline for new prime minister

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s President Ram Baran Yadav has given political parties until next week to agree on a candidate to replace caretaker Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, opening the door for a change of leadership in the unstable Himalayan nation.

Nepal has been in a political crisis since May when a special Constituent Assembly missed a deadline to prepare a new constitution amid a political row over the number and names of the federal states to be created under the new system.

Nov 22, 2012

Nepal rites to banish ghosts of fallen Gurkha soldiers

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Wrapped in white and with their heads shaven, retired Gurkha soldiers sat cross-legged on the stems of dried rice plants for three days of symbolic and traditional mourning, laying to rest the souls of fellow soldiers who fought and died for Britain.

Hailing from the foothills of the Himalayas, the Gurkhas are known for their fierce fighting skills and big curved khukuri knife. They have served in the British army since 1815 when a peace agreement was reached by the British East India Company after it suffered heavy casualties during an invasion of Nepal.